Now that you’ve successfully passed the first step: the resume; the second step in landing a great job is a great interview. Planning and preparing will ensure that you present yourself well.
1. Be Informed
- Understand the position you are applying for, and what you are expected to deliver
- Do your homework. Research the company you are interviewing for, understand the company’s operations, the range of products produced, and how you can contribute
- To really demonstrate your knowledge gain more expertise about the industry
2. Be Aware of Your Appearance and Posture
- Do not slouch. Nervousness is easily detected
- Dress in business attire that is comfortable
- Be polite and do not get distracted by a tough question
- Mirror the interviewers’ tone of voice
3. Build Rapport
- Show enthusiasm by arriving 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled start
- Demonstrate interest in the job and remain attentive throughout the interview
- Be honest. Misrepresentations can only hurt your chances of getting the job
- Show that you understand and care about the company’s needs, not simply your own
4. Project a Positive Image
- Have a positive attitude and demonstrate confidence in your ability to do the job
- Never tell people what you cannot do, tell them what you can do
- Don’t ask about compensation, perks or benefits. There will be time for this after. If using an agency they will most likely handle this on your behalf
5. Deal with the Tough Questions
- Answer tough questions briefly and directly
- Take time to think before answering. Don’t project as you are in a rush
- Try not to get rattled and remain positive with your replies.
6. Ask Questions of Your Own
- Always be prepared to ask the interviewer at least three questions
- Think of questions to ask before the interview starts and make one up based on what you have learned during the interview
- Make a good impression with questions such as:
- Why is the job available?
- How does the company measure success?
- Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
- What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?